If you need to get stocked up for the Memorial Day holiday, or any weekend this summer, a great one stop shopping spot is your local Walmart. Just this past week, I made a trip there to get my picnic supplies, sunscreen, a new pair of sunglasses (yes, there will be sun in the Seattle forecast!), and all the food fixings for an evening BBQ. That means steaks on the grill! Now, just in time for the grilling season, Walmart carries top quality USDA Choice steaks at their stores nationwide.
I’ve never had a steak from Walmart before, but when I was given the opportunity to try out these higher quality cuts of meat and learn more about them from Walmart’s VP of Meat and Seafood, Scott Neal, I couldn’t wait to get started. The opportunity also included an invitation to watch Chef Eric Lackey demonstrate his winning steak recipe using Walmart’s Choice steak on a live webcast.
At my local Walmart there was a variety of fresh, delicious looking steaks to choose from. Their selection of premium steaks included: T-bone, NY Strip, Filet, Ribeye and Top Sirloin. Walmart is so confident that customers will love the top quality USDA Choice steaks that they will offer a 100% Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee! If customers aren’t fully satisfied, they can just bring back the receipt for a complete refund. Walmart still continues to carry their Select steaks in the white packaging, but if you are looking for a steak with more marbling, just look for the steaks in the black packaging. These are Walmart’s new USDA Choice steaks. I knew exactly what cuts of meat I wanted before I arrived and had no trouble finding the perfect Ribeye and NY Strip for dinner. Both were surprisingly thick cuts full of marbling.
Back at home, I sat in on the live webcast and picked up some great grilling tips from Chef Lackey. One of the most important rules of cooking a steak is to make sure the meat comes to room temperature. This will assure more even cooking throughout the steak. Another blogger asked if it was necessary to oil their grill before getting started, and Chef Lackey explained that a clean grill is most important and although oil isn’t necessary, it is often used to help create a nice sear.
I’m not exactly a grill master, my husband usually takes the reign over the outdoor cooking, but after watching Chef Lackey prepare his award winning recipes, I felt confident to give it a go on my own. Here’s the steak recipe used:
Grilled Ribeye with Everglades Rub
Recipe created by Chef Eric Lackey of Flamestone American Grill in Oldsmar, Fla. On behalf of the Walmart Choice Steak Challenge presented by Kingsford charcoal and Coca-Cola.
4 Walmart Choice Premium Ribeye Steaks
1 head roasted garlic (roast in oven until golden and soft to mash)
4 tablespoons Everglades seasoning:
1 teaspoon coffee, ground
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon dry thyme
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1. Combine all dry rub ingredients. Set aside.
2. Rub each steak with an equal portion of roasted garlic paste on front and back. To prevent burning, do not get garlic paste on bone.
3. Divide dry rub seasoning for four steaks and thoroughly rub each steak and place in food storage container in refrigerator for 3-4 hours. This can be done up to one day in advance.
4. Preheat grill using charcoal, until briquettes are consistently ashed over.
5. Remove steaks from refrigerator and let come to room temperature.
6. Put steaks on the grill and leave in one position on direct heat for 4-5 minutes, rotating to get nice grill marks and even flavor profile. Follow this timeline for medium rare.
Here’s how my fine steaks turned out:
And let me tell you, both steaks tasted just as wonderful as they looked. I encourage you to stop by your local Walmart to stock up on everything you need for summer fun and don’t forget the steaks!
For these great recipes and more information on Walmart’s USDA Choice steaks, visit www.walmart.com/steak.
Emily is also very active in the local MOMS CLUB. She raises chickens and has 2 shih tzus. Her daughter Caitlyn attends Montessori school and she hates housecleaning, loves wine and enjoys dining out. She would love to find a cure for the depression and anxiety she has dealt with on and off over the past 10 years, just like me. She is an amazing mom and friend.
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